Identification and Analysis of Mouse Erythroid Progenitor Cells

  • Chanukya K. Colonne
  • Jia Hao Yeo
  • Campbell V. McKenzie
  • Stuart T. FraserEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2029)


The most common cell type in the human body, the red blood cell or erythrocyte, has a life span of approximately 3 months. To compensate for this massive cellular requirement and short life span, the major blood producing tissues contain vast numbers of erythroid progenitor cells. Erythroid progenitors differentiate progressively from hematopoietic stem cells to committed erythroid progenitors to reticulocytes lacking a nucleus and finally to functionally mature erythrocytes in the circulation. Different erythroid progenitor activity, representative of distinct stages of erythropoiesis, can be observed using semisolid colony assays. Distinct stages of erythroid maturation can also be monitored by flow cytometry. Here, we discuss the range of different technical approaches that are used to identify and quantify erythroid progenitors, with particular focus on the mouse as a model system.

Key words

Red blood cells Erythroid Progenitor Bone marrow Spleen Anemia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chanukya K. Colonne
    • 1
  • Jia Hao Yeo
    • 2
  • Campbell V. McKenzie
    • 1
  • Stuart T. Fraser
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Disciplines of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Medical SciencesUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  2. 2.Disciplines of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Medical SciencesUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of Medicine and Health, Bosch InstituteUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  4. 4.The University of Sydney Nano InstituteUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia

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